Knole is one of Britain’s most important and complete historic homes – with a colourful past as an Archbishop’s palace, the former hunting ground of Henry VIII, the home of the Sackville family for 400 years and a source of literary inspiration for Virginia Woolf. Within Knole’s internationally important collection are paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough, Lely and Kneller; dazzling 17th-century state furniture, including three state beds and a set of silver furniture, one of only three major sets to survive in England; and the original manuscript of Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’.

Close by, Ightham Mote, is a medieval moated manor house. Ightham Mote and its gardens are owned by the National Trust and are open to the public. The house is a Grade I listed building, and parts of it are a Scheduled Ancient Monument.



Distance from Shirkoak Farm…

About a one hour drive from Shirkoak Farm

What we recommend…

A visit to Knole and nearby Ightham Mote